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[*] posted on 1-6-2017 at 09:31 AM
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UDT Europe 2017: Saab launches new torpedo

31st May 2017 - 13:39

by Beth Maundrill in Bremen



Saab has unveiled its new lightweight torpedo for the first time to the international market at UDT Europe 2017.

In May 2016 the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration placed an order for a New Lightweight Torpedo system and the Swedish Navy is the launch customer for the weapon, the company confirmed.

The total value of the contract stands at SEK1.53 billion and deliveries are scheduled during the period 2016-2024.

‘The torpedo is specifically for ASW, to hunt for submarines,’ said Carl-Marcus Remen, sales director at Saab, ‘We are seeing an upgrading period for ASW at the moment and the torpedo fits into that well.’

The weapon can be fired from submarines, ships and aircraft, according to Remen and the Swedish military plans to begin the torpedo as a ship or submarine launched system before looking into the possibility of helicopter launch.

In terms of launching from an unmanned vehicle this could be a future possibility but at this time rules and regulations prohibit this type of operation.

During the autumn of 2017, the company plans to conduct first water tests of the torpedo at its own facility.

The small size of the torpedo allows for it to operate in harsh environments, primarily shallow waters and incorporates a guided weapon system. The company says that they are currently the only supplier to develop a brand new torpedo system.

The lightweight torpedo is a flexible system that has been developed for navies operating in both littoral and blue waters.

Saab continues to develop underwater systems, for shallow waters and the types of environments that exist in the Baltic Sea, including adapted propulsion, communications and target seekers.

’Since we received the order from Sweden we have seen a great interest for this system so we will stay in close contact with interested countries,’ said Anne-Marie Vösu, head of business unit Underwater Systems at Saab.
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[*] posted on 24-6-2017 at 05:32 PM


Indian Black Shark torpedo deal for Navy might be revived

By: Vivek Raghuvanshi, June 23, 2017 (Photo Credit: Courtesy of Leonardo-Finmeccanica)



NEW DELHI — Italy's Whitehead Sistemi Subacquei S.p.A., a subsidiary of Leonardo, might be reconsidered to supply Black Shark torpedoes for French Scorpene submarines currently being built in India, according to sources in the Indian Ministry of Defence. 

This follows observations made by India's attorney general on the legality of issuing tenders and its subsidiary defence companies, which are facing probes on charges of alleged corruption.

In June of last year, MoD announced the cancellation of a $200 million deal for Black Shark torpedoes, but MoD sources said the tender was not formally cancelled and that no intimation of the cancellation was conveyed to the Italian company.

Whitehead Sistemi Subacquei S.p.A., or WASS, was declared the winner over Atlas Elektronik of Germany in 2014 in a global tender to supply Black Shark torpedoes to be mounted on the six French Scorpene submarines licensed produced by state-owned Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd.

Although WASS  emerged  as  the  lowest  bidder against Atlas Elektronik, the contract could not be signed because in August 2014, the government put a ban on signing the contracts in the wake of the probe into the VVIP  helicopters scam relating to AgustaWestland, another subsidiary of Leonardo.

After coming to power, the ruling Modi government in August  2014 issued a “partial” ban against Leonardo and its subsidiaries according to which ongoing contracts could continue on their path, while all fresh deals remained banned. However, WASS had not signed the torpedo deal. 

The latest recommendations of the attorney general to go ahead with the tender from WASS, if accepted by the MoD, could result in a tender for the torpedoes.

An MoD source said that the attorney general has advised the MoD that the contract with WASS should not be cancelled because the Indian Navy cannot find suitable replacements very easily at the same cost, and absence of torpedoes will hit Scorpene submarines' operational capabilities.

Besides, the Indian Navy would need to carry out suitable modifications in the torpedo tubes of the French Scorpene submarines for another type of torpedo, resulting in further delays.

The Black Shark torpedoes, if contracted by the Indian government, will be licensed produced in India with transfer of technology in certain critical areas at state-owned Bharat  Dynamics Limited, or BDL, in Hyderabad.  

A total of 98 heavy-weight torpedoes are to be procured out of which the seller would quote for 20 torpedoes in fully formed condition, and the remaining 78 torpedoes will be license produced at BDL.
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MAKS 2017: Russia unveils export-oriented APR-3ME anti-submarine torpedo

Nikolai Novichkov - IHS Jane's Navy International

24 July 2017


The APR-3ME air-launched anti-submarine torpedo on display for the first time at MAKS 2017. Source: Nikolai Novichkov

JSC Region state research and manufacturing enterprise, a subsidiary of Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), unveiled its APR-3ME Orel (Vulture) air-launched anti-submarine torpedo at the Moscow Air Show (MAKS) 2017.

The APR-3ME is an upgraded and lighter variant of the APR-3E torpedo, featuring improved endurance, longer detection ranges, increased accuracy, and an anti-jamming capability. It is designed to engage submarine targets with speeds of up to 40 kt, submerged to depths of up to 800 m, in sea states up to level 6.

Like the APR-2E and APR-3E, the new anti-submarine torpedo has a calibre of 350 mm. However, its dimensions have been reduced owing to a modern electronic component base: the APR-3ME has a length of 3,250 mm (compared with 3,685 mm of the earlier versions) and a weight of 470 kg (compared with 525 kg). The missile's hydroacoustic (sonar) targeting system uses advanced algorithms. It has retained a solid propellant-powered turbo-pumpjet propulsion system of the earlier models.

The APR-3ME Orel is primarily intended for Asia-Pacific and Near Eastern littoral countries requiring ASW weapons for maritime security.

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[*] posted on 21-9-2017 at 09:18 PM


Thailand to acquire Mk 54 lightweight torpedo array kits

Ridzwan Rahmat - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

20 September 2017

The ones for the UK are for the new P-8's...........the current STINGRAY lightweight torpedo will remain in service for the warhsips ans ASW helicopters.

Northtrop Grumman has been awarded a USD18.6 million contract to produce Mk 54 Mod 0 lightweight torpedo array kits for operators of the weapon including Thailand, according to information published by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on 19 September.

The contract combines purchases for the US Navy (USN), the UK’s Royal Navy (RN), and the Royal Thai Navy (RTN). About 5% of the contract value relates to materials and services that will be provided to the RTN under the US’ foreign military sales (FMS) programme, said the DoD.

According to Jane’s Weapons: Naval , the Mk 54 torpedo achieved initial operational capability (IOC) in March 2010 for deployments on surface ships, embarked helicopters, and the Orion P3C maritime patrol aircraft (MPA).

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[*] posted on 26-10-2017 at 08:24 PM


Published: Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:52
  
MADEX 2017: LIG Nex1 Unveils New Tiger Shark Heavy Weight Torpedo
 
At MADEX 2017, the International Maritime Defense Industry Exhibition currently held in Busan, South Korea, local company LIG Nex1 unveiled a new heavy weight torpedo: the Tiger Shark.

 
The new Tiger Shark heavy weight torpedo on LIG Nex1 stand at MADEX 2017.
 
Talking to Navy Recognition at MADEX 2017, an LIG Nex1 representative explained that the new Tiger Shark is set to replace the existing White Shark (K731 Baek Sang Eo) heavy weight torpedo in Republic of Korea Navy (ROK Navy) servcice.

We learned at the show that Tiger Shark will be using the same battery type (Li Ion) and technology as the one used on the recent Blue Shark light weight torpedo. Blue Shark is deployed on surface ships, marine helicopters and anti-submarine patrol aircraft as a means to strike enemy submarines. It is capable of penetrating 1.5 meter-thick steel.

 
The new Tiger Shark heavy weight torpedo on LIG Nex1 stand at MADEX 2017.
  
According to LIG Nex1, Tiger Shark follows the development of White Shark, Blue Shark and Red Shark. This new version of torpedo is developed to strike enemy surface ships and submarines from a distance and is expected to enhance the viability of submarines.

We learned that testing is currently taking place while mass production is set to start next year. The torpedo is wire-guided and LIG Nex1 focused on "counter decoys" capability while developing the Tiger Shark. Its range and speed will be "greater compared to the White Shark" we were told while detailed specifications are classified. According to open sources, the White Shark has a speed of 35+ knots and a range of 30 km.

The Tiger Shark was specifically designed for the KSS-III class or large submarines (4000+ tons SSK) of the ROK Navy but will be fielded with KSS-II first.
 

 Blue Shark lightweight torpedo on LIG Nex1 stand at MADEX 2017.
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[*] posted on 6-1-2018 at 07:19 PM


Sweden and Finland Initiate Cooperation Regarding Torpedo Systems for Anti-Submarine Warfare

(Source: Swedish FMV; issued Jan 04, 2018)


A generic artist’s view of the Torpedsystem 47 lightweight anti-submarine torpedo to be jointly developed by Finland and Sweden. (FMV image)

The Swedish-Finish cooperation within the torpedo area creates widened opportunities for cooperation around anti-submarine warfare. It also creates opportunities for reducing cost for sustaining and further development.

FMV and Finnish Defence Forces Logistic Command (FDF LogCom) have signed two cooperation agreements within the torpedo area. One regarding cooperation during development and procurement of the new Swedish lightweight torpedo system, "Torpedsystem 47", and one regarding lending current lightweight torpedo system, "Torpedsystem 45" until the new system is in place.

The shallow waters of the Baltic Sea is something that Sweden and Finland have in common. Here the topography and seabed challenge the target detectability for sonar systems against submarines. The brackish water, the complexity of the archipelago and the heavy sea traffic are further complicating factors.

“We have a long and successfull experience of developing torpedoes in Sweden. During 2022 the Swedish Armed Forces will receive a completely new torpedo system better in all aspects than the older torpedo TP 45. It doesn't only meet the future threats from foreign submarines, but is also designed for being successively adaptable to new techniques and arising threats during its lifetime,” says Rear Adm. Odd Werin, Head of Naval System Department.

FMV is responsible for the introduction of Sweden’s new lightweight torpedo system, "Torpedsystem 47". SAAB develops, manufactures and integrates the system.

Now Finland enters this work. The agreement signed with FDF LogCom covers cooperation during development and introduction of the new torpedo system.

“This creates opportunities for coordination and thereby lower cost for sustaining and further development of "Torpedsystem 47". Widened opportunities for cooperation within anti-submarine warfare are also made possible,” says Odd Werin.

Finland intends to expand its anti-submarine warfare ability with the capacity to combat submarines with torpedoes. The Finnish procurement of anti-submarine warfare torpedoes is being made from Saab Dynamics. In addition to "Torpedsystem 47," Finland will, among other things, purchase combat management systems from Saab Surveillance.

In waiting for delivery of the new torpedo system to FDF LogCom the Swedish government will lend a limited amount of Torpedo 45 materiel. The lending arrangement aims at making Torpedo 45 operative onboard the Finnish vessel FNS Tornio already from the autumn of 2019.

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Video: CANTO torpedo countermeasure

Posted On Monday, 26 February 2018 19:47

CANTO represents a breakthrough in the field of torpedo defence. It is designed to protect any platform, submarine or surface, against the most advanced torpedoes and the previous generation of torpedoes as well. CANTO is ordered by the French Navy to protect its SSN and SSBN and by the Brazilian Navy to protect the new SSK fleet. Unlike the classical decoys aiming at seducing the attacking torpedo by recognizing its acoustic signal and reproducing one false target, CANTO is based on dilution/confusion principle.


CANTO tri-tube launcher for Brazil's future Scorpene-class SSK (SBR program)

CANTO countermeasure acts completely independently of the torpedo threats thus offering a protection against numerous simultaneous torpedo attacks even in case of unknown torpedo threats.

Video: CANTO torpedo countermeasure: https://youtu.be/ahNrxoodXHM

Confusion/dilution

CANTO® has been developed to protect efficiently a submarine against single or multiple torpedo attacks. It is capable of defeating previous and new generation torpedoes combining complex signal processing and high endurance, against which the seduction based decoys are no longer efficient. CANTO® is an all-in-one broadband active acoustic emitter acting both as a jammer for dilution effect and as false targets generator for confusion effect. It creates and constantly renews hundreds of fake echoes on a 360° coverage area aiming at saturating the torpedo sonar and data processing. The extremely confused tactical picture forces the attacking torpedo(es) to waste time finding the real target and thereby exhausting its energy.
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Torpedo Cooperation is Up and Running with Finland

(Source: Swedish FMV; issued March 8, 2018)

Cost efficiency regarding maintenance, opportunity for future further development of Torpedo System 47 and exchange of experience utilizing the Anti-Submarine Warfare(ASW)-torpedo. These are some of the benefits of torpedo cooperation between Sweden and Finland.

The cooperation concerns a number of areas in torpedo systems for ASW, ranging from the lending of Torpedo System 45 to collaborative development, verification, integration and training of Torpedo System 47 as well as future cooperation during the entire life cycle of torpedo system 47.

In order for the cooperation to work for a long time, there will be a steering committee to monitor and make decisions within the framework of the agreement. All practical work in cooperation will be conducted within a working group. At the start-up meeting, the steering committee and the working group were given the opportunity to meet in order to determine how the work will be conducted.

“The focus of the meeting was to create the conditions for long cooperation based on the signed agreements. We looked at how practical work should be done. I would say that we laid the foundation for good cooperation,” says Odd Werin, Head of Naval System Department, at FMV.

As Saab Dynamics is the supplier responsible to develop, manufacture and integrate Torpedo System 47 for Sweden (syftningsfel annars) and against Finland to manufacture and integrate torpedo systems 47, they will also be involved in the cooperation. By the start-up meeting conducted at their Motala facility, an exhibition of the affected systems was set up. This gave a good input to the initial work within the working group.

“This cooperation creates the conditions for coordination and thus lower costs for maintaining and further developing Torpedo System 47. In addition to that we can also share experience,” says Odd Werin.

Odd Werin also opens up for this cooperation to provide enhanced opportunities for cooperation in ASW conducted within the Swedish-Finnish Naval Task Group.

“We will also explore the possibilities for, for example, future development of Torpedo System 47, education and user groups throughout the life cycle of the torpedo system.”

Simo Laine, Chief of Marine Systems Division at Finnish Defence Logistic Command (FDF LogCom), concludes that the collaboration is a way to find economic benefits and benefits in logistics and education.

“We have now laid the foundation for an important cooperation in the underwater area that will benefit both Finland and Sweden.”

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Saab Shows Full Scale Model of the SLWT Torpedo at UDT 2018

(Source: Saab; issued June 18, 2018)



Saab will be exhibiting at the Undersea Defence Technology (UDT) exhibition and conference which takes place 26-28 June at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. During UDT Saab will showcase the latest products in the underwater segment, including a full-size model of the new light weight torpedo (SLWT).

The main focus for Saab during UDT will be the SLWT torpedo with a full size model as well as a new animation and a 360 degree VR-video. Saab continues the development of the new light weight torpedo system which will handle the toughest environment in the world, the Baltic Sea. The new system is ordered by Sweden and Finland. The project is ongoing and Saab is now looking for the third customer on the export market.

“The project with the SLWT is going well, we recently concluded a successful test campaign with our first prototype torpedo that fulfilled all set requirements. The development now continues with addition of more advanced functionality and step by step with more equipment being added and verified,” says Stefan Sjogren, Programme Director, Lightweight Torpedoes.

Saab will also demonstrate its new 3D imaging technology — UWSLAM System. The system is a stereo underwater real-time 3D reconstruction with high performance and image-based navigation. The demonstration will be held by Fredrik Lundell and Jimmy Jonsson from Saab Dynamics Image Processing & Optronics Development and Technology department.

“The uniqueness with the UWSLAM System is its highly optimized algorithms which is derived from the requirement for a defense and security company. The highly optimized algorithms lead to a fast, real-time 3D reconstruction. Within the undersea naval defense, this technology can be used to create high detailed 3D maps, search for mines, identify objects, and even navigate”, says Jimmy Jonsson, Image Processing Specialist.

For the first time on UDT Saab will show the maritime patrol aircraft; Swordfish, the high-end, multi-role platform that offers strategic ISR capabilities over both sea and land. The Swordfish will be demonstrated in an AR-solution where the visitors can experience the cutting-edge solution.

This year UDT will be an exhibition as well as a conference, Two of Saabs papers will be from the operational perspective and performed by The Swedish Armed Forces; Sea Wasp, performed by Rasmus Andersson, Chief Area Search Unit 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla and AUV62-AT performed by Captain Fredrik Palmqvist, Commanding Officer 4th Naval Warfare Flotilla. Saab will have a total of six papers on the UDT exhibition and conference.

There will be a lot more from Saab during UDT, for example Grintek and Medav will show solutions for Electronic Support Measures (R-ESM and C-ESM) and Saab business area Kockums will provide more insight on the submarines and the Mine counter-measure vessel — MCMV.

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

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[*] posted on 21-6-2018 at 05:57 PM


(Source: Leonardo; issued June 20, 2018)

Leonardo to Supply the Next-Generation Black Shark Advanced Torpedo to the Italian Navy


The Italian Navy has ordered Leonardo’s Black Shark Advanced (BSA) heavyweight torpedo to arm its U212A-class submarines. It is seen here being loaded into a submarine of that class. (Leonardo photo)

ROME --- Leonardo will supply Black Shark Advanced (BSA) torpedoes and associated logistic support services to equip the Italian Navy’s U212A 2nd Series submarines. The new equipment will significantly increase the Anti-Submarine Warfare capability of the Navy.

The Black Shark Advanced is an evolution of the Black Shark heavy torpedo, already acquired by many countries including Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Portugal and Singapore.

This latest version integrates an innovative energy production section that can be optimised, according to the use of the system, for training or operational purposes. When the BSA is used for training activities, a newly developed rechargeable battery is used that allows a higher number of launches - up to one hundred – compared to that of previous versions, providing significant cost savings.

In the operational configuration, the BSA is equipped with an innovative battery that ensures an increase in capabilities and performance. The new solution also delivers a significant reduction in life cycle costs.

Made in Italy at Leonardo’s Livorno plant, the Black Shark Advanced torpedo is an example of national excellence in the underwater defence sector and is the result of extensive and successful collaboration between the Italian Navy and industry.

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Israel takes new torpedo into service

Yaakov Lappin, Tel Aviv and Jeremy Binnie, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

21 June 2018


A still from a video released by the IDF shows a Kaved torpedo being loaded into a submarine at the Haifa naval base. Source: Israel Defense Forces

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced on 19 June that is has acquired a new type of torpedo that it calls the Kaved (heavy) for its submarines.

“The torpedo systems possess advanced capabilities and characteristics, including increased precision and range,” the IDF said in a statement. “The operationalisation of these systems signifies a great advance in the Israeli Navy’s operational capabilities and ability to defend the State of Israel.”

The announcement came after months of testing, including live-fire trials in which targets were struck. A senior naval source said the final test was conducted overnight on 18-19 June by Flotilla 7, the navy’s submarine unit. “This is an event that happens once in decades,” the source said. “This will safeguard our operational advantage over a [long] period of time.”

He said the Kaved is made by a non-Israeli defence company that he did not name, but that future upgrades and all maintenance would be conducted in-house by the navy. It will equip Israel’s three older Dolphin submarines as well as the new three new-generation boats, the last of which is expected to be delivered by the German company TKMS in 2019.

The source described the Kaved as a very high-speed weapon that could hit both surface and sub-surface targets, including those at depths of “hundreds of metres”. Unlike the navy’s previous type, the new torpedo has a digital sonar guidance system that “lets us conduct upgrades in the future without changing hardware” and makes the weapon difficult for a target to evade by manoeuvring, the source said.

While he did not give specific ranges, the source said the torpedo enables the engagement of targets that are beyond the range that the attacking submarine can be detected.

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UDT 2018: US Mk 48 torpedo upgrade in sight

20th June 2018 - 13:00 GMT | by Tim Fish in Auckland

A contract award for a technological insertion upgrade into the US Navy’s Mk 48 heavyweight torpedo is imminent. Defence sources have told Shephard that an RfP is expected in May and an update to the latest RfI calls for a contract in Q2 this year.

Current plans from NAVSEA PEO Submarines, Undersea Weapons Programme Office (PMS404) propose that this will initiate a four-to-five-year development of the Mk 48 Mod 7 to achieve an initial operating capability in FY24.

Lockheed Martin was contracted in 2016 to re-start the Mk 48 Mod 7 production line to replenish US Navy and overseas customer stocks of the torpedo but this did not include an upgrade to its capabilities.

The latest RfI issued in February for the Advanced Processor Build 6/Technology Insertion-1 (APB6/TI-1) outlines a proposed hardware development that includes an upgraded guidance and control (G&C) section; a warhead electronics system kit (WES) and an improved post launch communications system (IPLCS).

This aims to bring the Mk 48 up to modern standards to meet new naval capability requirements to operate in shallow and very shallow littoral waters as well as traditional deep-water environments. This needs a more sophisticated processing system that can identify targets in more difficult conditions with more clutter.

The G&C section will include a new sonar assembly, inertial measurement unit, upgraded tuning box and Ethernet device switch. The RfI requests any array architecture although a company offering one with more than 128 elements is likely to incur costs. This is the component that can acoustically detect, locate and guide the torpedo to its target though active or passing homing.

The WES does the target analysis, processing, communications, arms the device and initiates the explosion of the charge within. The IPLCS will replace the existing copper wire communications link with the torpedo with a fibre-optic wire and include an electrical/optical converter and dispensing systems with a tether, canister and spool. Using fibre-optic cable will allow more data to be sent from the submarine to the torpedo and vice versa improving guidance and targeting capability.

En route to the target area the torpedo will remain connected to the submarine via the fibre-optic cable and use data from the submarine’s sensors as guidance. When it gets to within the target zone or the fibre-optic cable runs out the torpedo will rely on its front-end array for terminal phase guidance and to identify and avoid countermeasures that are dispensed.

The upgrade to the three sections means that targets can be identified quicker in the littoral and therefore the torpedo can react faster and not miss a target or can re-engage. Up to three contracts could be awarded for the development and delivery of the G&C, WES kits and IPLCS.

Following vendor selection, different phases that will be initiated include an engineering demonstration model (EDM), proof of design (POD) and proof of manufacture (POM) before low rate initial production can begin.

For the EDM a guidance and control box is required to support government testing and software integration, but for the POD and POM requirements there needs to be a complete guidance and control section with WES kit and IPLCS to meet the specific torpedo design.

The guidance and control box for EDM must be delivered seven months from contract award, POD systems after 22 months after contract and POM equipment 16 months after the POD deliveries (36 months after the contract award).
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SEA looks to Japanese shipbuilding programmes

14th August 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team



Cohort company SEA has taken part in a UK Defence Services Industry Day in Tokyo as it targets opportunities within Japanese shipbuilding programmes.

On board the Royal Navy’s HMS Albion, SEA showcased its range of launcher systems, above and below the water communications, echo sounders, training and simulation and its thin line KraitArray towed anti-submarine warfare sonar.

Paul Parsons, international business development, SEA, said: ‘There are major naval shipbuilding programmes underway and, although Japan has an established indigenous capability, we believe that our technology can enhance that and fill some existing gaps.

‘This was an excellent opportunity for us to accelerate our knowledge and understanding of the market, whilst promoting our pedigree on the back of a UK Royal Navy ship.’

SEA is already an established supplier in the Asian market with programmes for torpedo launcher systems for the Royal Thai Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy and Philippines Navy.
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Euronaval 2018: Black Scorpion mini torpedo due for completion in 2021

Luca Peruzzi, Paris - Jane's Navy International

23 October 2018

Leonardo’s Black Scorpion miniature torpedo is expected to be operational by 2021, Leonardo has confirmed to Jane’s.

The weapon is being developed to tackle small submarine threats with short-range engagements in littoral waters.

The Black Scorpion concept, which was unveiled in 2014, has evolved out of concerns over the growing numbers of coastal and midget submarine operators in highly cluttered littoral and shallow waters.

According to the company, the technical specifications address requirements issued by the Italian Navy for a weapon capable of behaving and emitting as a lightweight torpedo launched by an airborne platform, in an attempt to panic and force an opposing submarine to react to the threat.

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EURONAVAL 2018: RAFAEL unveils its Active Advanced Torpedo Defense

POSTED ON TUESDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2018 21:35

RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems presents for the first time its unique 360° multi-layered suite of maritime defense solutions at Euronaval 2018.


rafael unveils active defense torpedo euronaval 2018THE ATDS is based on RAFAEL'S unique Torbuster underwater active decoy

RAFAEL's advanced solutions provide naval forces defense superiority against all modern naval threats, such as naval area defense, swarm attack defense, and torpedo defense, based upon years of experience and operational lessons in various naval arenas and scenarios, and integrating RAFAEL's combat-proven technologies in all domains. RAFAEL's unique portfolio of naval systems enable various possible combinations of deployment of its layered defence suite, dependent upon current and future threat definition, cost-effectiveness and available reaction time.

RAFAEL also unveil for the first time its new ATDS – active Advanced Torpedo Defense capability for surface vessels. ATDS is a unique, innovative capability for surface ships, providing detection capabilities, locator sensors, and neutralization capabilities for naval forces.

ATDS provides effective defence against all types of acoustic homing torpedoes. Upon detection of an incoming torpedo (external to the system), the ATDS will launch a decoy from an external launcher. The decoy will propel itself to a safe distance from the submarine, and seduce the incoming torpedo by transmitting specific acoustic signals. As the torpedo homes in on the decoy, the decoy will sense when it is at the closest point of approach and self-explode, inflicting sufficient damage to the torpedo to neutralize it.

For the past three decades, RAFAEL has been developing and implementing a wide scope of capabilities for the naval arena. During this time, RAFAEL has gained unique experience in the field of naval systems design, production, integration, commissioning and support, along with the important advantage of accumulated experience in major naval projects with customers all around the world.
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Successful SeaSpider Sea Trials in the Baltic Sea

(Source: Atlas Elektronik GmbH; issued April 02, 2019)


The Surface Ship Torpedo Defence System was fitted on a multipurpose vessel belonging to the German MoDs WTD 71 trials and evaluation unit. The system is designed to detect and kill incoming torpedoes using a SeaSpider underwater kill vehicle. (Atlas photo)

Atlas Elektronik GmbH announces successful SeaSpider sea trials in cooperation with the German Bundeswehr Technical Center for ships and naval weapons, maritime technology and research (WTD 71).

The full sensor to shooter functional chain of a hard-kill surface ship torpedo defense system with Torpedo Detection, Classification and Localisation (TDCL) and the SeaSpider Anti-Torpedo-Torpedo (ATT) has successfully been demonstrated on a surface ship.

Trials in the Baltic Sea for torpedo defence studies were conducted on a WTD 71 multipurpose vessel. These comprised the full functional chain with TDCL sonar and the third generation SeaSpider prototype with its above water launcher.

At the WTD71 test range, both a Mk37 torpedo-derived AUV and torpedoes of the DM2A3 type served as the threats, which were detected and localised with passive and active TDCL and the attendant data was used to cue the SeaSpider launch.

SeaSpider acquired the threats and homed in into closest point of approach (CPA). Successful intercept equivalent CPA was verified by acoustic and optical means.

After full evaluation of the trial results in 2018, information and pictures of the trials have now been approved for release.

Atlas Elektronik appreciates the cooperation with the German Bundeswehr Technical Center for ships and naval weapons, maritime technology and research (WTD 71) in the ongoing torpedo defense studies.

In parallel, Atlas Elektronik is conducting company funded serial product development of the SeaSpider ATT and the Atlas Elektronik surface ship torpedo defence suite.

The Atlas Elektronik Group holds a leading position in all fields of maritime high technology, from command & control systems including radio & communication systems for submarines, surface combatants and mine warfare systems and ranging to heavyweight torpedoes, coastal surveillance systems and in-service support. The electronics specialist is an operational unit of Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems and has a workforce of around 2.200 highly skilled employees.

Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems is one of the worlds leading system suppliers for submarines and naval surface vessels. The company has a history of naval shipbuilding that dates back centuries and offers state-of-the-art technologies, innovations and extensive and dependable services to customers around the world.

Thyssen Krupp is a technology group with traditional strengths in materials. Over 160,000 employees in 78 countries work with passion and technological know-how to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. Their skills and commitment are the basis of our success. In fiscal year 2017/2018 Thyssen Krupp generated sales of 42.7 billion.

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Atlas Elektronik Canada and Magellan Aerospace Corporation Agree on Development and Design of SeaSpider Anti Torpedo Torpedo

(Source: Atlas Elektronik Canada Ltd.; issued April 12, 2019)


Atlas Elektronik and Magellan Aerospace will develop and market the SeaSpider anti-torpedo torpedo, intended to protect ships more effectively than is possible with the decoy systems now in service. (Atlas photo)

Atlas Elektronik Canada Ltd announced today an agreement with Magellan Aerospace Corporation for the design and development phase of the SeaSpider Anti Torpedo Torpedo (ATT) program.

The initial CDN $19 million phase of the program was launched in January 2019 and is expected to conclude in 2023. Magellan will lead the design and development of the SeaSpider ATT rocket motor and warhead sections of the torpedo that includes design, build, test, and product qualification.

SeaSpider ATT is a new naval defence product by German Atlas Elektronik, a company of Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, that can be utilized by surface vessels and submarines for hardkill defence against attacking torpedoes. The capability of SeaSpider is a marked improvement over currently available anti-torpedo systems that reply on decoy and jammer countermeasures rather than, like SeaSpider, on destroying the attacking torpedo.

This technology has initially been developed in Germany by Atlas Elektronik together with the German Ministry of Defence and now gains a Canadian element in product development. The SeaSpider ATT will combine the best technology and decades of experience of Atlas and Magellan the expertise of Atlas in Germany with torpedoes as well as submarine and naval systems and the industry leading rocket technology of Magellan in Canada.

Atlas Canada is positioned to manage and support test and trials activity in Canada for Atlas Germany and will provide final assembly and logistics services during serial production of the SeaSpider ATT.

The partnership between Atlas and Magellan will bring to market an innovative new torpedo defence system that will be the first of its kind in this growing market, said Mr. Haydn Martin, Magellans Vice President, Business Development, Marketing and Contracts. We welcome the opportunity to collaborate in this exciting new endeavor with the Atlas Group.

The SeaSpider ATT is a key element of Atlas Elektroniks global market strategy and this agreement with Magellan Aerospace signifies our commitment to grow our activities in Canada, said Michael Ozegowski, CEO of Atlas Elektronic GmbH. We expect SeaSpider to revolutionize torpedo defence and Anti-Submarine Warfare.

With such a significant share of the SeaSpider ATT product and its development in Canada we are positioned to participate in a new and innovative product and grow our presence with jobs all across Canada while providing the Royal Canadian Navy and the global defence market with essential underwater defence capabilities, said Rick Gerbrecht, Managing Director of Atlas Elektronic Canada Ltd. Magellan Aerospace is the ideal partner for us.

The Atlas Elektronik Group stands for maritime and naval solutions above and below the ocean surface. The company holds a leading position in all fields of maritime high technology, from command & control systems including radio & communication systems for submarines, surface combatants and mine warfare systems and ranging to heavyweight torpedoes, coastal surveillance systems and in-service support. Atlas is an operational unit of Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems, and has a workforce of around 2.200 highly skilled employees.

Thyssen Krupp Marine Systems is one of the worlds leading system suppliers for submarines and naval surface vessels. The company has a history of naval shipbuilding that dates back centuries and offers state-of-the-art technologies, innovations and extensive and dependable services to customers around the world.

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Magellan Aerospace Contracts with Atlas Elektronik Canada Ltd. for SeaSpider Anti Torpedo Torpedo

(Source: Magellan Aerospace Corp.; issued April 12, 2019)

TORONTO --- Magellan Aerospace Corporation announced today an agreement with Atlas Elektronik Canada Ltd. for the design and development phase of the SeaSpider Anti Torpedo Torpedo (ATT) program.

The initial CDN $19 million phase of the program was launched in January 2019 and is expected to conclude in 2023. Magellan will lead the design and development of the SeaSpider ATT rocket motor and warhead sections of the torpedo that includes design, build, test, and product qualification.

SeaSpider ATT is a new defence product that can be utilized by surface vessels and submarines to detect and destroy attacking torpedoes. The SeaSpider is a marked improvement over currently available anti-torpedo systems that reply on decoy countermeasures rather than destroying the attacking torpedo.

The SeaSpider ATT combines the best technology and decades of experience of Atlas and Magellan the expertise of Atlas in naval systems and torpedoes and the industry leading rocket technology of Magellan.

"The partnership between Atlas and Magellan will bring to market an innovative new torpedo defence system that will be the first of its kind in this growing market segment", said Mr. Haydn Martin, Magellan's Vice President, Business Development, Marketing and Contracts. "We welcome the opportunity to collaborate in this exciting new endeavor with Atlas Elektronik."

Magellan Aerospace Corporation is a global aerospace company that provides complex assemblies and systems solutions to aircraft and engine manufacturers, and defense and space agencies worldwide. Magellan designs and manufactures aeroengine and aerostructure assemblies and components for aerospace markets, advanced proprietary products for military and space markets, and provides engine and component repair and overhaul services worldwide. Magellan is a public company whose shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange, with operating units throughout North America, Europe, and India.

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Navies, companies push for torpedo-killing torpedoes

By: Sebastian Sprenger   1 day ago


German naval company Atlas Elektronik tested its SeaSpider anti-torpedo torpedo in December 2017, as navies seek new ways to defend their surface ships from submarine attacks. (Atlas Elektronik)

COLOGNE, Germany Naval forces worldwide are pushing the idea of anti-torpedo torpedoes, with varying success, aiming to translate the promises of missile defense technology into undersea warfare.

If it works, the threat to surface ships by enemy submarines could be significantly blunted, changing a trend in naval capabilities that has defense analysts increasingly worried.

Take the German Navy, for example, which has toyed with the so-called SeaSpider interceptor torpedo, made by the ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems subsidiary Atlas Elektronik. The company recently disclosed that the sea services ships and weapons lab, dubbed WTD71, installed a prototype of the system on a multipurpose vessel for a successful December 2017 intercept test off Germanys Baltic Sea coast.

Following analysis of the data in 2018, Atlas said it was only now given government permission to publicize the event.

The full sensor to shooter functional chain of a hardkill surface ship torpedo defense system with torpedo detection, classification and localisation (TDCL) and the SeaSpider anti-torpedo-torpedo (ATT) has successfully been demonstrated on a surface ship, the company claimed in a statement earlier this month.

The image of a missile defense system for underwater use may serve as an apt comparison to conceptualize the idea, but the laws of physics make for a very different environment under the sea. Most notably, the absence of radar detection removes the option of computing near-real-time flight paths needed so one missile can hit another.

Still, some governments believe it can be done. The Russian Navy, for example, is fielding the Paket-E/NK weapon, a dual-use torpedo that can be fired against submarines and incoming torpedoes. In Turkey, defense contractor Aselsan successfully tested the Tork hard-kill torpedo in a project supported by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, the Hrriyet newspaper reported last fall.

In the United States, a similar project appears to have suffered a setback. According to the Pentagon chief weapons testers annual report covering 2018, the U.S. Navy last fall suspended the Surface Ship Torpedo Defense system that had been installed on aircraft carriers.

Defense Department testers believed the components a torpedo warning system and a countermeasure anti-torpedo were too unreliable to warrant further work. The Navy plans to remove prototype equipment on its aircraft carriers during maintenance breaks between fiscal 2019 and fiscal 2023, according to the test report.

One of the key problems in building an anti-torpedo torpedo system lies in reducing false-alarm rates in characterizing objects as enemy torpedoes. Atlas Elektronik believes its SeaSpider can overcome that obstacle by combining signals from shipboard sensors with those picked up by the interceptors seeker.

That's the main challenge, SeaSpider project head Thorsten Bochentin told Defense News.

In addition, the company touts the low cost of its system. The assertion comes as the missile defense community looks for cheaper alternatives to pricey interceptors directed energy, for example to avoid being priced out of real-world operational utility against proliferating threats.

Assuming a cost of roughly $2 million for a lightweight Torpedo like the MU90, the SeaSpider is easily within a low fraction of that, Bochentin said.

The company also advertises the weapons utility in shallow waters, like those of the Baltic Sea, a key operating area of the German Navy wary of Russian maneuvers there. That is because the rocket motor quickly ignites after entering the water, compared to propulsion systems that have the weapon sink to a certain distance before forward thrust kicks in.

A spokesman for the German Navy declined to comment on the services anti-torpedo torpedo efforts, including whether any exist, citing a policy that says all talk about munitions is classified.

According to Atlas Elektronik, the next step involves tests with the Navys WTD71 to deploy the SeaSpider from moving vessels. Additionally, engineers want to demonstrate its capability against wake-homing torpedoes, considered one of the most acute threats to surface ships against which there are few defenses.

The contractor wants to have a system ready to field by 2023 or 2024, regardless of whether the German government pushes the concept as a program of record. Bochentin said there are several navies that have lodged requests for information because they are ready to spend money on the technology.

What is still to come, he added, is a military operational doctrine for what has the potential to become a new way of warfare. Just like in missile defense, we are aware that this technology will kick off the cycle of countermeasures and counter-countermeasures, and so on, Bochentin said.

Atlas Elektronik has eyed Canada as a potential SeaSpider customer for some time. The company announced last week that it had tapped Mississauga, Ontario-based rocket motor maker Magellan Aerospace to advance development and eventual serial production on the other side of the Atlantic.
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Status-6 Russian Drone Nearly Operational

By Norman Polmar

April 2019 Proceedings Vol. 145/4/1,394



Russia is preparing to put to sea a revolutionary underwater weapona long-range, high-speed, nuclear-powered, unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) with a thermonuclear warhead. The weapon is intended primarily for use against ports and coastal cities, with some Russian reports claiming a secondary role of attacking U.S. aircraft carriers.

Originally known as the Status-6 Oceanic Multipurpose System, the drone was named Poseidon by President Vladimir Putin in 2018 after a naming contest for new Russian weapons. As early as September 2015, U.S. Department of Defense officials reported the development of the underwater drone carrying a nuclear warhead to attack coastal cities. It was given the NATO reporting name Kanyon.

The existence of the program was first reported in the Westin a Washington Free Beacon article by Bill Gertzafter a 10 November 2015 Russian television show revealed some details of the weapon. A document shown during the program said Status-6s purpose was to damag[e] the important components of the adversarys economy in a coastal area and [inflict] unacceptable damage to a countrys territory by creating areas of wide radioactive contamination that would be unsuitable for military, economic or other activity for long periods of time.

Subsequent Russian accounts assert the Poseidon can operate as deep as 3,300 feet at speeds of more than 50 knots. Some sources report it has a multi-megaton warhead, with Russia claiming 200 megatons. While such a large warhead is probably an exaggeration, the potential effectiveness of even a smaller warhead deployed in this way would be considerable. The UUVs development has been rationalized as part of several ongoing Russian efforts to get around U.S. ballistic-missile defense systems, including the Aegis Ashore systems installed in Poland and Romania.

The Russian documentsaid to have been accidentally made available to the television showstated that the UUV would be carried externally by modified Project 949/Oscar SSGNs and another submarine type, unidentified but with project numbers 09851 and 09852. Plans announced at that time called for a prototype to be completed by 2019. Subsequent Russian reports cited a force goal of 30 or 32 such drones, with two drone-carrying submarines to be operational in the Northern Fleet and two in the Pacific Fleet in the near future.

The weapons potential target list of cities and major ports places it in the category of a strategic weapon, i.e., capable of striking an enemys homeland. However, the UUV concept is not addressed in the U.S.-Russian strategic arms treaty, nor in the now-being-discarded Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces agreement. As there is no known U.S. equivalent even under discussion, it appears unlikely that the Russian government would agree to the limitation of such a weapon without a major U.S. concession in another weapon category.

The drone-torpedo concept resembles the original Project 627/November nuclear-powered submarine initiated by the Soviet Union in the early 1950s. (See The Big Torpedo, Naval History, February 2018.) That submarine was to carry a single, massive T-15 nuclear torpedo to attack coastal cities and naval targets. The T-15 was to have a diameter of just over five feet and a length of approximately 77 feet while carrying a thermonuclear warhead, but the project was canceled following Josef Stalins death in March 1953. (The November class entered service as the Soviet Navys first nuclear-powered attack submarines in 1959, minus the T-15.)

The Poseidon reportedly is a bit longer at about 80 feet, with a similar diameter to the T-15. In March, The National Interests blog reported the Kanyon program began in 1989, with its miniaturized reactor in development since 1992. The blog also reports that the first Poseidon-capable submarine, the Belgorod, was scheduled to be launched in March. The boat originally was laid down as an Oscar-II but has been modified heavily and is officially described as an Arctic-research special mission submarine.
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Wonder if the Russians have heard about this new weapon that does much the same thing, it's called an ICBM, apparently all the rage for nuking cities and ports.



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You have to think of it more like a V weapon....a Russian fuck you.



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Judging by the small numbers being built, I suspect the thinking is more along the lines of how do they come up with a new weapon that is relatively cheap to make, but will be hideously expensive to counter. I think it is more about getting the US to waste resources countering this thing rather than spending it elsewhere.



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Aselsan to supply Zargana torpedo countermeasures for Pakistans submarines

Lale Sariibrahimoglu, Istanbul - Jane's Navy International

31 May 2019

Aselsan will export its locally developed Zargana torpedo countermeasures system for submarines to Pakistan, Turkey's state-owned Anatolia news agency reported on 29 May.

The system will be fitted on Pakistan's three Khalid (Agosta 90B)-class diesel-electric attack submarines as part of the boats' midlife upgrade, under a contract awarded to Turkish defence company STM (Savunma Teknolojileri Mhendislik ve Ticaret).

The inclusion of the Zargana system follows an earlier contract amendment, which was signed between STM and the Pakistani government in March 2018. The original contract to upgrade the Khalid-class boats was signed in June 2016.

Aselsan has also supplied the Zargana system to Indonesia for the service's Nagapasa-class submarines.

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RNLN puts down marker for hard-kill torpedo defence

Richard Scott, London - Jane's Navy International

27 June 2019

Plans are being developed by the Netherlands' Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) for the roll-out of a hard-kill surface ship torpedo defence system (TDS) across the Royal Netherlands Navy (RNLN) fleet.

The system will initially go on board two new M-frigate anti-submarine warfare (ASW) replacements (Vervanging M-fregaten - vMFF) due for delivery in the mid-2020s. The installation of a suitably scaled version of the hard-kill TDS will subsequently be extended to other surface units and combat support ships.

According to Ernest van der Spek, project manager torpedo defence in the DMO, the attraction of a hard-kill solution is its ability to defend against all threat types.

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Republic of Korea MK-54 Lightweight Torpedoes

(Source: Defense Security Cooperation Agency; issued Aug 27, 2019)

WASHINGTON --- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of thirty-one (31) MK 54 All Up Round lightweight torpedoes with support for an estimated cost of $72 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019.

The Republic of Korea (ROK) has requested to buy thirty-one (31) MK 54 All Up Round lightweight torpedoes. Also included are torpedo containers, Recoverable Exercise Torpedoes (REXTORP) with containers, Fleet Exercise Section (FES) and fuel tanks, air launch accessories for fixed wing, torpedo spare parts, training, publications, support and test equipment, U.S. Government and contractor engineering, technical, and logistics support services, and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated program cost is $72 million.

This proposed sale will support the foreign policy and national security objectives of the United States by meeting the legitimate security and defense needs of one of the closest allies in the INDOPACOM Theater. The Republic of Korea is one of the major political and economic powers in East Asia and the Western Pacific and a key partner of the United States in ensuring peace and stability in that region. It is vital to U.S. national interests to assist the Republic of Korea in developing and maintaining a strong and ready self-defense capability.

The Republic of Korea Navy intends to utilize MK 54 lightweight torpedoes on its P-8A aircraft. The ROK will have no difficulty absorbing this equipment into its armed forces.

The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.

The principal contractor will be Raytheon Integrated Defense System, Portsmouth, Rhode Island. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale. Any offset agreement will be defined in negotiations between the Purchaser and the prime contractor.

Implementation of the proposed sale will not require the assignment of any additional U.S. Government or contractor representatives to the ROK. However, U.S. Government Engineering and Technical Services may be required on an interim basis for training and technical assistance.

There will be no adverse impact on U.S. defense readiness as a result of this proposed.

This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.

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